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How to Keep From Overspending on Your Restaurant Budget

Let’s play a little game of truth or dare.

First up, truth: In what area of the budget are you most likely to overspend?

Pretty sure we can all answer that one together: food—especially restaurants. Going out to eat has a way of burning through money like no other expense. After all, we have to eat.

Of course, when we’re hoping to reach our big money goals—like saving for a dream vacation or paying off debt or buying a new home—busting the restaurant budget ends up being a real bummer in the long run.

Which brings us to the dare portion of our game. We dare you to take action. We dare you to save more money by sticking to your restaurant budget for the next three months. Don’t worry—we’re here to help with five easy ways to stay on track.

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Well, it’s officially fall!

How do we know? Because the pumpkin spice latte craze is back in full swing.

This drink is no joke. Since Starbucks released it in 2003, more than 200 million cups have been sold.¹ It might even be one of their most profitable beverages yet.

There’s no denying that when the temperature drops and leaves crunch beneath your feet, cradling a warm cup of pumpkin latte goodness sounds like heaven on earth. But if you’re living on a tight budget—especially if you’re paying off debt or trying to hit a big savings goal—these decadent drinks can drain your bank account in the blink of an eye.

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In August, Americans spent roughly $2 billion more at restaurants than they did at grocery stores, according to the Department of Commerce’s latest Retail and Food Services report.

It’s no surprise that we love dining out. But it is surprising how much money we spend ordering our meals, rather than cooking them.

Most of us could use some balance. On one hand, we know it’s cheaper to shop for and prepare our food at home. On the other hand, restaurants are so convenient—not to mention delicious. Instead of sacrificing all your favorite sushi places and burger joints, work them into your budget with these 15 money-saving tips.

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